March 15, 2012
Contact: Linda Farmer, APR | Director of
Association of Washington School
O: 360.357.7951 | C: 253.232.2891
Washington State High School Principal of the
Goes to Toppenish Leader
Toppenish High School Principal
Trevor Greene Takes Home the Honors
OLYMPIA - Trevor Greene, principal at
Toppenish High School in Toppenish (Toppenish SD), is this year’s
Washington State High School Principal of the Year.
Greene was named this year’s High
School Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington School
Principals (AWSP). A panel of principals representing the Washington
Association of Secondary School Principals, a component of AWSP,
selected him from a pool of regional nominees.
Greene, who has served as principal at
Toppenish High since June 2008, has pulled all facets of the learning
community together in support of increasing student achievement. The
selection panel noted two practices that contributed toward
personalizing the learning environment at Toppenish:
Implementation of grade-level
cohorts. Greene assembled grade-level cohorts with a
teacher-mentor focus which allows for rapid identification of academic,
social or emotional challenges that require immediate attention.
Connecting each student with a caring adult has been an effective
technique in a school that has more than 99 percent of its student body
qualifying for free and reduced lunch.
Each cohort of students meets daily for 24
minutes in an advisory class where a positive relationship can be
established between the students and a teacher-mentor. Classes also
focus on progress toward academic goals and achievement beyond high
school. In addition, teacher-mentors make regular contact with parents
regarding student performance, and they follow up with school personnel
such as counselors and specialists.
“This deliberate placement of the
student in the crosshairs of improvement has served to motivate all
constituents,” said Greene.
The full realization of engineering
and biomedical programs. The introduction of STEM-related
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classes have positively
changed the culture of the school and engaged students in reasoning,
manipulating, testing, exploring, predicting, questioning, observing and
making sense of the natural and physical world. Administrative research,
input from parents and students, and CTE advisory board insight led to
large-scale implementation of engineering and biomedical science
Class sizes are deliberately kept small
(21.438 average) and instructors attend advanced training. Furthermore,
student interest is off the charts. Enrollment in chemistry has
increased by 170 percent, in trigonometry by 71 percent and in the
“University of Washington in the High School” program for
pre-calculus for college credit by a whopping 226 percent. Student
achievement has followed. State science assessment scores grew 67
percent from 2008-2009 (pre-STEM) to 2010-2011. STEM interest has
even spread to other subjects as the Spanish department now offers a
bilingual medical terminology course and the English department is
looking to expand to offer technical writing.
Before becoming principal at the high school,
Greene was principal at Toppenish Middle School for the 2007-2008 school
year. Before that, he was principal for the 2006-2007 school year and
vice principal for the 2005-2006 school year at Highland Junior High
School in Cowiche (Highland SD). He began his career as a Spanish
teacher in the early 1990s in Utah, then taught Spanish, English and PE
in the Yakima School District.
Greene earned his bachelor of arts degree in
Spanish and English from Brigham Young University, his master of arts in
education from Central Washington University and his superintendent
certification from Washington State University.
Local and State Honors
Greene will be honored locally. Check with the Toppenish School
District for details. In October 2012, Greene will be honored alongside
the state elementary and middle level principals of the year at
AWSP’s Annual Principals’ Conference.
Honored at the National
Greene now becomes eligible for the 2012 National Principals of the
Year award. The program, sponsored by MetLife and the National
Association of Secondary School Principals, annually recognizes
outstanding high school and middle level principals. From the state
winners, six finalists (three middle level, three high school) will
compete for the award in Washington, D.C., later this year. For more
information, visit www.nassp.org.
About the Association of Washington
The Association of Washington School Principals is a professional
association serving principals, assistant principals and principals in
training. Formed in 1972, the association now includes more than 3,400
members from public and private elementary, middle and high schools
statewide. It is governed by a board of practicing principals drawn from
three grade-specific boards representing the elementary, middle and high
school levels. For more information, visit www.awsp.org.
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